GM just announced that it will invest $632 million into its Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana to support production of next-generation internal combustion engine (ICE) full-size light-duty trucks. The investment will be used for new conveyors, tooling, and equipment in the plant’s body and general assembly areas. GM has announced nearly $2 billion in investments for the Fort Wayne facility and over $2.8 billion for its Indiana-area manufacturing operations since 2013, as well as more than $31.6 billion for its U.S. manufacturing and parts distribution facilities since 2013.
“Today we are announcing a significant investment to continue our industry-leading full-size truck business by preparing Fort Wayne Assembly to build the next-generation ICE full-size light-duty pickups,” said executive vice president, Global Manufacturing and Sustainability, Gerald Johnson. “This investment reflects our commitment to our loyal truck customers and the hard work of the dedicated Fort Wayne team.”
The GM Fort Wayne facility currently builds the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 light-duty pickup trucks. GM states that this latest investment highlights the automaker’s “commitment to continue providing customers a strong portfolio of ICE vehicles for years to come,” while also strengthening its U.S. manufacturing operations. GM operates more than 50 assembly, stamping, propulsion, and component plants and parts distribution centers across the country.
The latest investment announcement for the GM Fort Wayne Assembly plant follows several other investment announcements made in regard to GM’s North American manufacturing operations, including more than $1 billion announced for the automaker’s Flint Assembly and Flint Metal Center manufacturing sites to support production of next-generation, ICE-powered, heavy-duty trucks, as well as $500 million for the GM Arlington plant in Texas to support production of the company’s next-gen full-sized SUVs, and C$280 million (roughly US$209 million at current exchange rates, 6/12/2023) for the GM Oshawa plant in Canada to support production of GM’s next-generation internal combustion engines for use in future full-size trucks.